Along with showing off its highly automated, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, the Graphic Systems Div. used the trip as an opportunity to preview two major introductions it has planned for Graph Expo & Converting Expo 02.
Fujifilm Match Certified is a color control system that's designed to address the shortcomings of ICC-based color management approaches, reveals Stephen Bennett, director of product marketing, Graphic Systems Div. These generic systems are based on a color space that has been determined and interpreted unilaterally, with all colors weighted equally, he explains. The human observer, however, "rates" the importance of certain colors as more critical than others.
Fuji's answer was to develop a "color pyramid" modeled on human perception for use in matching the output of different devices, the marketing exec says. More target patches are used for colors that are visually demanding, such as neutrals, while fewer patches are used in other areas to keep computation requirements down, he explains.
Once a match has been established between the proof and printed output, the printer has the right to add a "Match Certified" logo (complete with serial number for verification) to all of its color proofs made with the system. While the tools themselves are used by printers, Fuji says it also plans to promote the "Match Certified" logo and concept directly to print buyers.
Three standard, "Match Certified" LUTs—commercial standard dot gain, commercial low dot gain and SWOP certified—will ship with all Fujifilm FinalProof and PictroProof systems. One custom "Match Certified" LUT will be provided with each FinalProof at no cost, and additional, customized LUTs for either device can be purchased as needed, with a two- to three-day turnaround.
Graph Expo also will see the U.S. debut of the Fujifilm Saber Luxel V-series platesetters featuring 30mW violet laser diodes. The eight-up version reportedly will be commercially available at the show, with the four-up model soon to follow.